31 December 2013

Zimbabwe: Tsvangirai Confirms Wife Walkout

Photo: Daily News
MDC-T leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, places an engagement ring on the finger of Elizabeth Macheka (file photo).

Opposition MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai has confirmed that his wife, Elizabeth, is no longer living with him but said he was working to try and prevent the collapse of his marriage.

The couple have not been living together for about a month.

The former premier remains at the Highlands residency acquired for him while he was in government while Elizabeth is now living at a property acquired by the couple in the Philadelphia section of Harare's Borrowdale area.

Tsvangirai confirmed the development to the Herald newspaper on Tuesday.

"Ndizvo zvinonzi chakafukidza dzimba matenga. We do not have to disclose why we are not happy," the MDC-T leader said when asked to explain the reasons for the separation.

He then dispatched a driver to bring Elizabeth to Highlands for the interview but she did not turn up.

Contacted later on her mobile phone, Elizabeth refused to discuss the issue, only saying: "I cannot comment on that issue to the media.

"Hameno Tsvangirai, he is the one who is a public figure. He knows better. I am not a public figure and whether you damage me or Tsvangirai, hameno."

The former premier insisted he still he loved his wife and would work to prevent the complete collapse of his marriage.

"As far as I am concerned, I am still married to my wife and there is no reason to talk about separation or divorce," he said.

"Marriage is about two people mutually committed to love and support each other and to be happy. If there are any differences which may arise, which is not something exceptional, we will discuss them as two mature adults.

"That is what I am committed to. Ours is a marriage that is in the public domain and therefore public scrutiny is natural but the truth is that there is no separation that I am aware of."

Tsvangirai also denied party funds were used to acquire the Philadelphia property being used by Elizabeth.

"I bought the house in Philadelphia as a joint property with my wife because that is how it should be," he said.

"There is no way I would live in Strathaven (his other Harare home). It is Susan's house. The party has not paid a cent to my settlement with Lorcadia and in any purchases that I may have made."

Tsvangirai lost his first wife, Susan, in a road accident in 2009. He then briefly married Lorcadia Karimatsenga in 2012 but ended the union to wed Elizabeth, who is the daughter of former Chitungwiza mayor and Zanu PF official, Joseph Macheka.

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